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Chambré and Elsoffer families papers

Document | Accession Number: 2004.286.1

The Chambré and Elsoffer families papers consist of correspondence, documents, and photographs that recount the history of the Chambré and Elsoffer families in and around Giessen, Germany, including their lives prior to the rise of the Nazis, and their experiences of persecution by the Nazis and resulting emigration from Germany. Much of the collection focuses on the experiences of the family of Ernest Chambré in exile in Belgium, their arrest and deportation following the German invasion of that country, and the experiences of Ernest Chambré as he sought to escape, and was imprisoned repeatedly in Belgium, France, and Spain, prior to his release in 1943 and immigration first to Palestine, and then the United States. Included is extensive document of Ernest Chambré’s efforts to obtain restitution following the war, and his contacts with a network of family members and friends as he sought to learn the fate of his immediate family, re-establish his life, and immigrate to the United States. Also documented are the experiences of sisters Ruth and Louise (Luise) Elsoffer, including their flight to France in the mid-1930s, their unsuccessful attempts to help their parents emigrate from Germany after 1938, Ruth’s immigration to Palestine in the late 1930s, and their subsequent immigration to the United States. A small collection of papers and photographs from Louise’s husband, Ernest Kamins (Ernst Kaminski), a physician originally from Bochum, Germany, who fled to the United States in the 1930s, is also included.

inclusive:  1890-1994
bulk:  1920-1950
6 boxes
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elly Berkovits Gross
Record last modified: 2020-02-28 14:58:47
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